Cristiano Ronaldo kisses the Best FIFA player award. He was given the award by FIFA President Gianni Infantino Image: AFP
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA Best Male Player Award over his great rivals Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann for a stellar 2015-16 season, at a glittering ceremony in Zurich. And that wasn't enough for the evening. He couldn't stop himself from taking a sly dig at Messi. After accepting the award, he said, "'I'm just very happy. I'm sorry some people from Barcelona aren't here, but that's understandable."
He also said that this achievement is incredible on a personal level. "Unbelievable, I will never forget this year. I am very happy. Thank you everyone, I don't really have anything else to add. The awards I think speak for themselves," he added.
In December this year, Ronaldo also won the Ballon d'Or, given by France Football magazine, with both honours recognition for success in the Champions League with Real and Euro 2016 with Portugal.
Cristiano Ronaldo in 2016— Football Tweets (@FutballTweets) January 9, 2017
Champions League 🏆
Club World Cup 🏆
UEFA Best Player 🏆
Ballon d'Or 🏆
FIFA Best Player 🏆 pic.twitter.com/oOdvKouW3b
QUOTE: Cristiano Ronaldo: "It's a shame the Barcelona players couldn't be here tonight. It's understandable." 😳🔥 pic.twitter.com/p0njoqHDxw— SPORF (@Sporf) January 9, 2017
He thanked his team-mates, family and his whole staff. Leicester City coach Claudio Ranieri won FIFA Best Men's Coach award. Argentine legend Diego Maradona handed the award to Ranieri.
"I'm crazy now," said the Leicester coach, as quoted by the BBC. "Thank you so much for voting me. I'm 65 now, I start now as a manager!" Ex-Germany coach Silvia Neid won the FIFA Best Women's Coach award. Mohd Faiz Subri, forward of club Penang in the 2016 Malaysia Super League, won the Fifa Puskas Award for the best goal. He became the first Asian to win the award named after legendary Hungarian forward, Ferenc Puskas.
🏆 Here is that sensational free-kick which won Mohd Faiz bin Subri the Puskas Award 🏆 pic.twitter.com/LUr0757HLr— MARCA in English (@MARCAinENGLISH) January 9, 2017
Carli Lloyd, of Houston Dash and the US, a World Cup winner and two-time Olympic winner, was honoured with the Fifa Best Female Player Award.
(With inputs from IANS)